After posting a picture of my Red Velvet Cupcakes, a few of my friends were curious as to what the recipe was, and the process. So, I decided to make the cake version of the recipe and post pictures step by step :)
Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Red Velvet Cake
185g (6½ oz) unsalted butter, just softened
165g (5¾ oz/ ¾ cup) caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs, at room temperature
300g (10½ oz/ 2 cups) plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
125ml (4 fl oz/ ½ cup) milk
1 ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp red food colouring
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 packages of cream cheese
8 tbsp butter
2½ cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 170ºC.
Grease and line a 20cm (8 in) round cake tin.
Add butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl.
Use an electric mixer, beat ingredients until pale and creamy.
Scrape down the sides as necessary.
Add the eggs one at a time, beat well after each addition.
Sift together the flour and baking powder.
On low speed, mix in the flour mixture and half the milk alternately in two seperate batches each until well combined.
Sift cocoa powder in to mixture, and beat well until combined.
Add other half of milk and beat well.
Add red food colouring and beat well.
Pour mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
Now for my favourite part- licking the beaters!
Allow cake to cool, then transfer to a cooling rack (or in my case, plate)
Don't worry too much if the top of the cake is uneven, we'll address that later :)
While cake is cooling, prepare cream cheese frosting.
Place cream cheese and butter in a bowl.
Beat until combined.
Add icing sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
Beat until combined
Cut cake horizontally in half.
(I also cut the ridiculously poofy bit off the top of the cake too)
Place top half of cake upside down on a serving plate
(I was in such a rush I forgot to bash the air holes out of the cake before putting it in the oven.... so.... you guys do that :) )
Coat bottom half of cake with a thick layer of frosting
Place bottom half upside down on top of frosting
Frost entire cake